Paula Badosa said goodbye this Wednesday to the WTA 1,000 in Miami in the worst possible way. The Spaniard had to leave when she lost 4-1 to Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals. She had already felt bad in the round of 16 match against the Czech Fruhvirtova, but after they took her blood pressure and gave her a pill, she was able to get the victory. In social networks, Badosa blamed her premature departure from the meeting on “medical causes”. As AS learned, she has a throat and ear infection. It is the eighth withdrawal in the women’s draw from a tournament in which the heat and humidity wreak havoc.
I’m so sorry I had to withdraw today. I’ve been suffering a lot since the last game due to medical reasons. I tried everything to recover but it was impossible. I’m going to take a few days to recover and prepare for the clay court season. Thank you very much 🧡
– Paula Badosa (@paulabadosa) March 30, 2022
Although he had had a day off between the two meetings, Badosa felt bad again and his body language, his gestures, showed that he was not comfortable. In the second break, she requested a medical timeout, but she was seen to be dizzy and was not even treated. With a smile (the procession was inside) she rose from her chair to bid Pegula and the chair umpire a cordial farewell. He then left Hard Rock Stadium in tears. A pity, because the victory would have given him number two in the world.
🇺🇸 @JLPegula advances to the #MiamiOpen semifinals after Badosa retires.
Final score: 4-1 pic.twitter.com/uQorUBjJLy
— wta (@WTA) March 30, 2022
However, after four very positive weeks on the US tour, semi-finalist in Indian Wells and quarter-finalist in Miami, the Catalan leaves Florida with third place of the secured ranking, behind Iga Swiatek and Barbora Krejcikova. And she moves up to fourth in the race for the WTA Finals. The American (28 years old and 21st), who in the round of 16 also saw her rival, the Ukrainian Kalinina, withdraw after losing the first set 6-0, will play this Thursday (not before 3:00, Teledeporte and DANZ) for the second time the penultimate round of a WTA 1,000 (he did it in Canada last year) against the Polish Swiatekwho remains unstoppable (15 wins in a row) and got rid of the Czech Petra Kvitova with amazing ease (double 6-3 in 77 minutes) and aspires to win in Miami after having done it two Sundays ago in Indian Wells. This is Jessica’s seventh victory against a top-10, second in 2022 after the one against Sakkari at the Australian Open. Bencic and Oasaka will compete for the other place in the final (not before 9:00 p.m.).
Badosa and Pegula had never faced each other and although the match started with a break by Paula, from then on the dominance of the Buffalo millionaire was absolute. At 24 years old, the tennis player from Begur is second in victories of the season (16). She is surpassed by Swiatek (24). Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, champion in 1992 and 1993, and Carla Suárez, finalist in 2015will continue to be the Spanish with the best results in the tournament.
Results of the WTA 1,000 in Miami.